Fred Nile calls for gays to be quarantined

Neal Blewett, or Minister for Health, was recently approached by the publicity-hungry Frederick Nile, NSW politician [with the] request that about 800 Australians, who have been attending a homosexual conference in San Francisco, be put in quarantine before being readmitted to Australia. The incubation period for AIDS is said to be up to two years.

August 29th,1983 Australian

AIDS cases ‘on decline’

The spread of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the US may not reach the dire numbers once predicted, according to the American Medical Association, because homosexuals, the most affected group, are limiting their sexual activities.

August 26th,1983 1983, Sun (Melbourne)

Disease in the age of desire

In Australia, AIDS is an epidemic in search of victims — only two cases have been confirmed. But it has nevertheless triggered an internecine medical war over research funds, enriched a few GPs smart enough to cash in on the hysteria, and led to the establishment of a plethora of emergency assistance groups. In the US the epidemic is very real, though reports about it are often far-fetched.

August 26th,1983 1983, National Times

AIDS fear may slow its spread

The spread of AIDS in the United States may not reach the dire numbers once predicted. The reason is that homosexuals are limiting their sexual activities, the American Medical Association said.

August 25th,1983 Herald (Melbourne)

AIDS ‘cure close’

A drug called isoprinosine might be able to cure the acquired a new deficiency syndrome, an American researcher Dr Wong Tsang said yesterday. The drug had restored immune responses in blood taken from AIDS victims in preliminary tests.

August 24th,1983 1983, Australian

Pension for AIDS airman

A 27-year-old airman stricken with AIDS has become the first person in US Air Force history to receive a medical discharge with full retirement benefits because of the disease.

August 22nd,1983 1983, Adelaide Advertiser

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